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Willard & Jones Receive Probation on Drug Charges

Conway, South Carolina—Today, Monday, May 20, 2014, in Horry County General Sessions Court, both defendants, Ralph C. Willard, Jr., 28, and Perry L. Jones, 39, entered a guilty plea to Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine before The Honorable Chief Administrative Judge Steven John.

The State recommended both defendants be actively incarcerated for these offenses. However, the judge sentenced both defendants to a probationary. Both drug charges carry a sentence of up to fifteen years in state prison.

On February 6, 2013, in the Longs section of Horry County, police arrested and charged defendants during a routine search for a local fugitive named Richard Earl Hemingway. Police located defendants and fugitive at a shed on Reno Circle in Longs, South Carolina. Investigation lead officers to collect over fifty packets of heroin and a stolen weapon.
In addition to these above-listed drug offenses, defendant Perry L. Jones is charged with trafficking heroin and possession of a stolen or unlawful weapon. Furthermore, defendant Ralph C. Willard, Jr. is charged with trafficking heroin, resisting arrest, and simple possession of marijuana. These offenses are currently pending in Horry County General Sessions Court. 

If you have any further questions please contact the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office (Horry County) at 915-5460.



Murder Charge Filed in Disappearance of Heather Elvis

Conway, South Carolina-Murder charges were filed this morning in connection with a two month investigation into the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

On December 20, 2013 an investigation was initiated by Detectives with the Horry County Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit after Heather Elvis’ vehicle was located at the Peachtree Boat Landing in Socastee the night before. Shortly after, a task force consisting of law enforcement officers from the Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division, Myrtle Beach Police Department, the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, U.S. Marshal Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Unit was created to investigate the case.

On February 21, 2014 a search warrant was executed at the home of Sidney and Tammy Moorer as a result of the investigation. Both Sidney and Tammy were taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant. Both were charged with one count of Obstruction of Justice and two counts of Indecent Exposure the following day. On February 23rd, they were both charged with Kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

This morning, a press conference was held at the ML Brown Public Safety Building by the Horry County Police Department and the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. It was announced at the press conference that both Sidney and Tammy Moorer were charged with the murder of Heather Elvis. A bond hearing has been set for the week of March 17th.

Horry County Police wants to remind everyone that any tips on a location for Heather can be made to 843-915-TIPS or crimetips@horrycounty.org.


Arrested:
Sidney St. Clair Moorer (38 YOA W/M) DOB: 01-14-76. He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County. He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Charges: Obstruction of Justice, Indecent Exposure (2 counts), Kidnapping, Murder

Tammy Caison Moorer (41 YOA W/F) DOB: 03-08-72.Tammy Caison Moorer(41 YOA W/F) DOB: 03-08-72. She resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County. She is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Charges: Obstruction of Justice, Indecent Exposure (2 counts), Kidnapping, Murder


Homicide Suspect Formally Charged

 

Conway, South Carolina-The suspect arrested by the Horry County Police Department in connection with a deadly shooting over the weekend has been formally charged.   

On November 23rd, 2013 at approximately 8:30, Officers with the Horry County Police Department responded to the intersection of Hwy. 701 and Hwy. 22 in the Conway section of Horry County in reference to a shooting.  Upon their arrival, they learned that the driver of a vehicle had been shot while operating his vehicle.  Detectives with the Horry County Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene and an investigation was initiated.   

Detectives learned that prior to the shooting; a drug transaction took place between the victim and the suspect where the money used in the transaction was counterfeit.  As a result the suspect began following the victim until the intersection of Hwy. 701 and Hwy. 22 where multiple shots were fired.  The victim was struck at that time.  A second victim fled the car without injury and ran to safety.   

As a result of the investigation, Detectives were able to identify the suspect involved in the incident.  At approximately 5:45am on November 24th, the suspect was taken into custody by the Horry County Police Department a short distance from his home in Little River.   

In addition, the second victim was taken into custody in connection with his involvement in the counterfeit bills.  

Arrested: 

Christopher Evon Smith (30 YOA B/M) DOB: 03-29-83.  He resides in the Little River section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charge: Murder   

Aaron Lee Campbell (40 YOA W/M) DOB: 09-14-73.  He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charge: Forgery less than $10,000



Charges Filed in Vehicle Pursuit/Shots Fired Incident

Conway, South Carolina-Charges have been filed in connection with a vehicle pursuit on Saturday that resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.   

On September 14, 2013 at approximately 6:10pm, Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s West Precinct were dispatched to the area of Hwy. 319 and Enoch Rd. in the Aynor section of Horry County in reference to assisting the South Carolina Highway Patrol in a vehicle Pursuit.  An Officer joined the pursuit at that location in an effort to assist.   

The pursuit continued down Hwy. 319 back towards Conway until the suspect took the ramp onto Hwy. 22, where he hit a guardrail.  The suspect continued traveling on Hwy. 22 for a short time while he began firing a weapon out his window, striking the Highway Patrol car.  The suspect then left the road in to a grassy area, where he exited the vehicle and continued shooting at law enforcement while fleeing on foot.  Law enforcement did return fire.  There were no injuries during the incident.  The male suspect did flee on foot into a wooded area.  A female passenger also exited the vehicle in an attempt to flee, but was taken into custody.   

Additional Officers with the Horry County Police Department’s West and Central Precincts responded to the scene, along with Officers from Aynor Police Department to establish a perimeter.  Members of the Horry County Police Department’s SWAT and Bloodhound Tracking Team, along with SLED’s Bloodhound Tracking Team responded to the scene to locate the suspect.  In addition, the SLED helicopter, Crime Scene Unit and Regional Agents responded to assist the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Horry County Police Department.  At approximately 9:30pm, the male suspect was located in a wooded area and taken into custody without further incident.     

Arrested: Richard Lee Cochran IV (20 YOA B/M) DOB: 08-10-93.  He resides in the Conway section of Horry County.  He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charges: Attempted Murder (3 counts), Possession of a Weapon during Violent Crime, Resisting Arrest with a Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light   Shannon Marie Keiser (33 YOA W/F) DOB: 04-06-80.  She resides in the Conway section of Horry County.  She is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charge: Obstructing Justice



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